Joan H. Schiller, MD is Professor and Chief of the Hematology/Oncology Division at University of Texas Southwestern, and Deputy Director of the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center, and holds the Andrea L. Simmons Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research. She graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. She also completed a clinical fellowship in the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center, before joining the faculty there. Dr. Schiller is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology, and was a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine Section of Oncology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison until moving to UT-Southwestern in 2006, where she is also Deputy Director of the Simmons Cancer Center. Dr. Schiller’s work focuses primarily on the treatment of lung cancer, specifically treatment modalities for small-cell and non small-cell lung cancer. She has been active in Phase I, II and III clinical trials, and sees patients with lung cancer with her radiation therapy and thoracic surgery colleagues. Dr. Schiller is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, former Chairman of the Thoracic Oncology Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, and Founder and President of Free to Breathe. She has published numerous articles related to the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and is internationally recognized for her work in this area.


Medical School
University of Illinois at Chicago (1980)

Research Interest

  • Clinical Trials
  • Drug development
  • Experimental therapeutics
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Small cell lung cancer


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Phase III study of immediate compared with delayed docetaxel after front-line therapy with Gemcitabine plus Carboplatin in advanced non-small cell lung cancer.
Fidias PM, Dakhil, Lyss AP, Loesch, Waterhouse DM, Bromund JL , Chen R, Hristova-Kazmierski M, Treat J, Obasaju CK, Marciniak M, Gill J, Schiller JH. J Clin Oncol 2009 27 591-598
Noninvasive monitoring of tumors.
Schiller JH N Engl J Med 2008 359/4 1-3
New molecularly targeted therapies for lung cancer.
Sun S, Schiller JH, Spinola M, Minna JD J Clin Invest 2007 117 2740-50


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Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors in America
    Profile of Americas Best Doctors (2013)
  • Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
    An award given for dedication and volunteer efforts in the field of medical oncology (2013)
  • America's Top Doctors for Cancer
    Profiles of America's Best Cancer Doctors (2012)
  • American Thoracic Society?s 2011 William J Marting II Distinguished Achievement award
  • Lynn Kotsiantos Lifetime Achievement Award
    For work to increase awareness and treatment options for lung cancer. Presented by Respiratory Health Assoc. of Metro Chicago (2009)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Eastern Co-operative Oncology Group, Chair Thoracic Committee
  • Editor, Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, Board Member
  • President, Free To Breathe